A look ahead, featuring each Boston College's opponents of the regular season
ACC 2007 Player of the Year...2007 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner (given to the nation's top senior quarterback, based on athletic performance as well as character, leadership and academic performance)...also won the Manning Award as the nation's top quarterback...won the Scanlan Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a BC football player...finished seventh in Heisman Trophy balloting...set the BC school record for single-season passing yards (4,507)...finished his career third on BC's all-time passing yardage list (9,313), behind Doug Flutie and Glenn Foley...threw 56 career touchdowns, third on the all-time list...BC's career leader in pass completions (807)...registered 12 300-yard passing games, including five games with more than 400 yards... finalist for 2007 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award...finished 25-7 record in 32 career starts - 11-3 in 2007, 9-3 in 2006, 5-0 in 2005 and 0-1 in 2004.
Started all 14 games...completed 388-of-654 passes for 4,507 yards and 31 touchdowns, both school single-season records...finished third in the nation in passing yardage and eighth in total offense...completed 22-of-47 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns to lead BC to a 24-21 win over Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl...in the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech, engineered a 33-of-52 pass performance for 305 yards...also marked a career long 19-yard rush and another long 14-yard rush for a touchdown in the second quarter...in his last career home game, completed 26-of-43 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns to lead BC to its first win over Miami since 1984...gained his fourth ACC Player of the Week honor after tossing a 43-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to receiver Rich Gunnell with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter at Clemson; the victory secured BC's bid to the ACC Championship Game...completed 31-of-47 passes for 315 yards (66.0 completion percentage) against Clemson... surpassed Doug Flutie's record for most-career 400-yard passing games with a 421-yard performance at Maryland... completed 26-of-53 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns against Florida State...engineered one of the most remarkable comebacks in BC football history to lead the second-ranked Eagles to a 14-10 win at No. 8 Virginia Tech; trailing 10-0 with 4:11 left in the game, he led the Eagles on a nine-play, 92-yard scoring drive in 2:05...after BC recovered the onside kick, he put together a seven-play, 66-yard drive that culminated with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Andre Callender with 11 seconds remaining in the game; finished the game 25-52 for 285 yards and two touchdowns...earned ACC Player of the Week honors for a third time after throwing four touchdown passes (for 14, 51, 71 and 14 yards) against Bowling Green; his 71-yard pass was the longest touchdown pass of his career; finished the day completing 24 of 32 passes for 312 yards...completed 35-of-51 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns against Army; also ran for one touchdown, his first of the season...earned his second ACC Player of the Week award after throwing for a career-high 435 yards in a win at Georgia Tech; completed 30 for 44 passes and one touchdown in the 24-10 victory ...gained ACC Player of the Week honors after completing 32-of-52 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns against Wake Forest; the game marked the first time a BC quarterback threw for five touchdowns since Doug Flutie did so in 1984.
Received All-ACC first-team honors in 2006...preseason ACC Offensive Player of the Year in several publications...played with a foot injury for nearly the entire season; had surgery during the off-season and is now 100%...has recorded a 14-4 mark in 18 career starts (9-3 in 2006)...finished his junior campaign having completed 419-of-693 passes for 4,806 yards and 25 touchdowns; has also ran for nine touchdowns...has thrown for 200 or more yards 16 times... is fifth all-time in school history in passing yards and fourth in pass completions (418)...earned MVP honors at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl; threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns against Boise State.
Completed 263-of-427 passes (61.6 completion percentage) for 2,942 yards and 15 touchdowns; also ran for four touchdowns...had fifth most passing yards for a season in school history... led the ACC in total offense (242.2 ypg) and in passing yards (245.5 ypg)...completed 32-of-48 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns (3, 24 and 29 yards) against Central Michigan; earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors for his performance... was 29-of-48 for 356 yards and two touchdown passes (18 and 25 yards) to Tony Gonzalez, as well as one rushing touchdown for one yard against BYU; earned his second ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors... was 40-of-57 for a career-high 402 yards and one touchdown at Wake Forest... was 19-of-29 for 249 yards and two touchdowns (17 and 34 yards) against Maryland; earned his third ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors...was 22-of-38 for 212 yards and one touchdown; also scored a one yard touchdown run in win over Clemson...completed 13-of-25 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown pass at North Carolina State...was 15-of-26 for 182 yards and also ran for 36 yards on six carries, including a career-high 15-yard rush against Maine...completed 16-of-29 pass attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns (15 and 18 yards) in win over Virginia Tech...was 16-of-26 for 262 passing yards, including a game-high 48-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez at Florida State... completed 23-of-37 passes for 219 yards and two touchdown passes (1 and 24 yards) against Duke...was 20-of-29 for 242 yards and one touchdown in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy.
Played in 10 games as quarterback, earning the starting nod in five contests; saw action in all 12 games including his service on the special-teams unit...completed 121-of-195 passes (62.1 completion percentage) for 1,514 yards and eight touchdowns... ran for 94 yards and five scores...ranked ninth among all ACC players in total offense, averaging 160.8 yards per game...completed 7-of-8 passes for 89 yards against Army...completed 7-of-11 passes after taking over for the injured Quinton Porter midway through the third quarter against Florida State ...made his second career start at Clemson and completed 24-of-42 passes for 221 yards; also ran eight times for 13 yards and one touchdown to lead the team to its first-ever ACC win...completed 21-of-29 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown in a starting role against Ball State; carried the ball six times for 43 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals to become the first BC quarterback to run for two scores in one game since Scott Mutryn scored twice against Rutgers in 1998...inserted into the game with 3:30 remaining in the game against Wake Forest and BC trailing by nine points (30-21); engineered the come-from-behind win by completing 7-of-9 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 26-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Challenger...completed 2-of-6 passes for 17 yards at Virginia Tech...completed 10-of-14 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown at North Carolina...earned the start against North Carolina State and completed 8-of-16 passes for 185 yards including one touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns; connected on a 52-yard pass to Will Blackmon in the second quarter and on a career-long 61-yard pass to Blackmon in the third quarter...completed 16-of-24 passes for 230 yards at Maryland; threw a 45-yard completion to Blackmon...completed 19-of-36 passes for a career-best 256 yards and three touchdowns against Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl; hit Blackmon for a 52-yard completion; earned team MVP honors for his performance against the Broncos.
Completed 34-of-71 passes for 350 yards on the season; threw two touchdown passes and three interceptions...made the first start of his young career against Syracuse in the regular-season finale; completed 24 of 51 passes for 200 yards against the Orangemen, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Joel Hazard in the fourth quarter...completed 8-of-15 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown at Temple after taking over at quarterback for an injured Paul Peterson late in the second quarter; his touchdown pass - the first of his career - was a 32-yard completion to Larry Lester...saw his first collegiate action against Massachusetts, completing 2-of-3 passes for 16 yards...completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for 13 yards against North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl.
Earned All-East honors from Tom Lemming...captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia....gained All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team honors in 2001...was a three-time All-League (InterAc) selection...threw for more than 1,300 yards in his senior season; threw 15 touchdowns passes and just two interceptions...finished his schoolboy career with a 52 percent completion percentage...was a three-year starting quarterback for head coach Brian McCloskey...served as football team captain in 2002; also captained the school's basketball and baseball teams.
Matthew Thomas Ryan, born May 17, 1985...enrolled in the Carroll School of Management ...a fine student who was the 2004 recipient of BC's Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete Award...Matt is the third of Bernice and Michael Ryan's four children; his uncle, John Loughery, played quarterback at Boston College from 1979-82.